Parade witnesses, Judge orders prosecution in Mphwiyo attempted murder

High Court Judge Michael Mtambo on Thursday ordered the prosecution in the former budget director Paul Mphwiyo attempted murder case to start parading witnesses  gainst former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara and others.

Prosecution has asked for an an adjournment but Justice Mtambo  refused to grant them, saying the trial should proceed from this afternoon.

Kasambara, Dauka Manondo, Pika Manondo, Macdonald Kumwembe and Robert Kadzuwa are accused of attempted murder of Mphwiyo.

Mphwiyo:  To testify against Kasambara
Mphwiyo: To testify against Kasambara

The shooting of Mphwiyo in September 13, 2013 opened a Pandora box of the massive looting of public resources dubbed “cashgate.”

The accused persons  have pleaded not guilty to the two counts of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The prosecution has eight witnesses including Mphwiyo himself who  is implicating Kasambara for his shooting incident.

In a sworn affidavit seen by Nyasa Times, Mphwiyo who was shot as he drove into his Area 43 home in Lilongwe—  said he was receiving death threats prior to his fate.

The 37-year-old former budget chief claims he was receiving phones threatening his life in connection with his tough public finance and economic management measures that that have closed pilfering loopholes at Capital Hill.


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